I grew up with stories and these stories shaped my life - the ones I read and the ones I wrote. Stories still continue to inspire my life. Here are my thoughts on reading, writing, and life.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Book Review - Across The Universe
Book Review - Across The Universeby Beth Revis
This book started out with a POW in the first chapter, and carried that intensity throughout the whole story. In this debut novel by Beth Revis, Across The Universe is a just-right mix of sci-fi adventure, murder mystery, and romance.
The story is told in first person from two different perspectives: Amy and Elder, which gives us real insight into these two main characters. Both are well defined, as are the supporting characters.
I particularly enjoyed how Beth built up the world on the ship, Godspeed. The descriptions throughout the book helped put me, as the reader, in the middle of this self-contained world. Here's a perfect example:
"I peel off the clothes the doctor gave me earlier. They are shades of brown, a pale taupe tunic and chocolate pants. I think they are homemade. Although the stitches are even and clean, they're not machine made. The cloth is smooth and not itchy, but there are tiny pricks and flaws in the fabric that imply craftsmanship, not manufacturing."
Although the primary storyline, mainly the murder mystery, is solved in this book, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and unresolved plotlines at the end, but do not fear, as another book is in the works. I'm anticipating the unanswered elements will get explored and resolved there.
I'm anxiously awaiting book two to see what happens next!